Common Poorwill

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    Last time I saw one of these I thought it was a piece of trash and approached quite brazenly, spooking it before I got a chance to snap some evidence. This time I saw it from a distance, snapped on the 300 mm, and approached with caution. Approached, approached, and approached until, unbelievably, I was within 6 ft or so! I don't know if my light was blinding or if it was overconfident in its camo, but it just sat there. Check out those whiskers!

    Jerry Ting, K Schneider, wolfpix, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. lisascenic 65 months ago | reply


      You got it!

      (Is Briones officially open after dark, or do you have Special Knowledge?)

    2. Ken-ichi 65 months ago | reply

      Yar! I think most EBRPD parks are technically open until 10pm. Not sure if they actually enforce that curfew, though.

    3. avocado6984 65 months ago | reply

      Wow - neat shot! Hard to find these birds, they look so much like a pile of sticks and leaves. This is a beautiful photo, those feathers are amazing.

    4. David A. Hofmann 65 months ago | reply

      Wow! Nice capture. I've had the same experience, spooking them off a trail before realizing they were there.

    5. wanderflechten 64 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot! I would think that on a substrate like gravel this guy would be perfectly camouflaged.

    6. wolfpix 62 months ago | reply

      However you did it -- you really nailed this shot.

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    7. EncyclopediaOfLife 43 months ago | reply

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